Best Racing Game of 2016 - ArticleCraig Snow , posted on 05 January 2017 / 6,693 Views
The racing genre this year was incredibly top-heavy and that fact is represented both by the titles that made the shortlist and by the result, which is unlikely to come as a surprise to anyone.
You may have noticed - if you've read any of our other Game of the Year articles this year - that typically four, sometimes five titles make it onto the shortlist. For this particular genre, however, three titles were clearly superior to the rest of the pack and the chasing group languished so far behind that we decided to limit the shortlist to just three games.
That's to take nothing away from the games that did make the shortlist, however; in a more competitive, less clear-cut year even the runners-up here could have made a claim for Best Racer of the Year.
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3
Forza Horizon 3 surprised many when it launched in September. As the third entry in five years for a series which is itself a spin-off of yet another biennial racing series, franchise fatigue was a very real danger. But Horizon 3 proved those expecting a dip in quality completely wrong, becoming not just the most acclaimed Forza Horizon entry to-date, but arguably the best racer of the generation so far.
It comes as no surprise, then, to find that this competition wasn't even close. In fact, this was the most one sided result out of all of the genre award categories this year, and its nearest rival trailed by an enormous 53%.